Upcoming Events for Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
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Come and see knights in shining armor, magicians, musicians, and fairies! Get your face painted and join in some games! There will also be a variety of vendors, and demonstrations to watch. This is an all-ages, family friendly event, though adults will find a place to relax in the Beer Garden.
This two day event will offer professional development workshops for the artist, artist demonstrations and plenty of opportunities for networking (i.e. fun). Check back as we develop the schedule of events and happenings for 2016, or read about some the events and presentations we had last year on the links below.
This year’s Pride Week theme “One Proud World,” seeks to encourage all CWU students to look into themselves and find out what they are #ProudToBe. For more information visit www.cwu.edu/equal/prideweek or contact Nikki Marra at 509-963-3344 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. These events are sponsored by EQuAl, Center for Diversity and Social Justice, 88.1 The ‘Burg, ASCWU, Campus Activities, Campus Life, Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, Dining Services, SURC Operations, University Housing and New Student Programs, University Recreation, Wellness Center, Wildcat Shop.
Monday, May 30 – Friday, June 3
Queer Art Show: Flash Exhibition All day | SURC 137B | Free The festivities kickoff with a weeklong digital Flash Exhibition of all Queer Art Show submissions. The purpose of the art show is to create a positive space for Queer Expression.
Monday, May 30 Field Day 10 a.m. | SURC and Barto Lawns | $5 Registration Required: www.cwu.edu/equal/fieldday Kick off Pride Week while hanging out with friends, meeting new people and enjoying a pizza party. Everyone can test their skills at relay races, dodgeball and more! Mark your calendars for a day of fun in the sun.
Tuesday, May 31 Block Party 10 a.m. | SURC | Free Organizations, clubs and companies will show their pride with tabling, swag and food at this festival-style block party. Featuring music from The ‘Burg, attendees will have access to resources and engage with diversity supporters of on and off campus groups.
Drag Bingo 6 p.m. | SURC Pit | $1 per bingo card Come out for a fabulous night have a chance to win awesome prizes provided by the Wildcat Shop! The evening will be hosted by Drag Queens from the CWU community. Top prize will take home a $100 gift card to the Wildcat Shop.
Wednesday, June 1 Dyke Rally 12 p.m. | East SURC Patio | Free Everyone is invited to join in this rally, organized to be inclusive of all women, regardless of labels.
From Hitchcock High to the NFL: I am Michael Sam 8 p.m. | SURC Ballroom | Free | Open to all A highlight of Pride Week, Michael Sam is coming to Central to share the story of his very public journey of being true to who he is. Sam’s talk, free and open to the public, will take place in the SURC Ballroom at 8 p.m. and be followed by a Q&A session.
Thursday, June 2 EQuAl’s Big Queer Dance Party LIVE 10 a.m. | East SURC Patio | Free Join EQuAl’s Big Queer Dance Party for a day of fun, music and pride swag. The dance party will feature a raffle for front row tickets to the Professional Drag Show. Make sure to come out for the rainbow fun run. Get a blank t-shirt and run through a course with powered paints setup along the way.
Friday, June 3 Amateur Drag Show 11 a.m. | SURC West Patio | Free The show will be hosted by a professional drag queen? Contestants will get the chance to test out their skills with the winner bringing home the opportunity to participate in the professional show later in the evening.
Queer Art Show: Downtown Reception 5 p.m. | 420 Gallery | Free A limited number of works will be chosen by the jurors for exhibition at Gallery 420 in Downtown Ellensburg. The downtown reception will be held during First Friday Artwalk.
Professional Drag Show 8 p.m. | SURC Ballroom | Free The show will feature six professional drag kings and queens from out of state. They will compete against each other and the winner of Central’s amateur contest to see who is the most fabulous.
Saturday, June 4 Pride Parade 10 a.m. | Downtown Ellensburg This year marks the first official Ellensburg Pride Parade. Come out to express your pride and celebrate with the Ellensburg community. The parade will feature performances by Lavender Country, Aquasha DeLusty and Friends, Kiy Kiy Alexia, Troupe Rose and a puppy drag show.
Queer Prom 7 p.m. | SURC Ballroom | Free All students are invited to this neon glow masquerade-themed dance that will make everyone feel included and provide a place for them to be themselves. Come alone. Come with friends, but don’t forget your mask.
The United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. On Tuesday, May 31 at 4 p.m., King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg will introduce his top ten criminal justice reforms for Washington State. Then at 5 p.m., a diverse panel of experts will discuss these reforms and take questions from the audience. Satterberg has been King County’s prosecutor since 2007, overseeing the largest jurisdiction in the state. Chuck Reasons, Ph.D., law and justice professor at CWU, will moderate the panel consisting of: • Roger Schaefer, Ph.D., assistant professor, CWU law and justice department • Julius Debro, Ph.D., retired professor, University of Washington law, societies and justice program • Jonathan Umana, Restorative Community Services Program, Yakima County Juvenile Court • Keith Champagne, Ph.D., associate dean for student development, CWU This is a great opportunity to hear from a variety of experts on the subject, and learn about practical ways to reduce prison population in Washington States. This event is part of the CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Series. This year’s inaugural theme, “Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter,” aims to educate Central’s community and initiate discussions about race.
Come a little early for The ReCycle Shop Thursday night shop ride. Meet Barb Chamberlain, Chief Strategic Officer for Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes. Bring your questions about the merger of the two organizations and what it means for growing and improving bicycling now that both are working statewide.
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Save the Date!
2016 Central Washington Art Confab
This 2-day event focuses on
for artists and communities in
- Disaster Preparedness for Artists
- Saranac Art Project Exhibition at Gallery One
- Glassblowing and Blacksmith Demos
- One-on-One Digital Lab for Artists
- Public Art Panels and Workshops
- Safeguarding and Documentation
- Friday Night Pecha Kucha 20x20
- Laughing Horse Foundation Awards Ceremony
- Live Music and Food Truck Social on Saturday
Come join us for coffee and pastries while networking with other business professionals in our community.
With the theme of “One Proud World,” Central Washington University’s 2016 Pride Week will be held May 30 through June 4. A week of exciting events meant to encourage everyone to be who they are #ProudToBe. A highlight of Pride Week, Michael Sam is coming to Central to share the story of his very public journey of being true to who he is. Sam’s talk, free and open to the public, will take place in the SURC Ballroom at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A session.
After ending his career at The University of Missouri as a consensus All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam made history in 2014 when he became the first openly gay player ever drafted by an NFL team. With an inspiring story of a small town Texas football star who kept his secret from the world, Michael Sam shares his triumphs over hardships, valuable lessons on leveraging individual personal strengths to pursue one’s dreams, and lessons learned from key mentors in his life. Being true to yourself, remaining gracious and strong and tackling life’s challenges—this is the story of Michael Sam.
Tea at 3 is an engaging and interactive speaker series where attendees hear from CWU faculty, staff and community members as they share stories of their personal journeys to their current places in life. On Wednesday, June 1, attendees can join Dr. Stacey Robertson, CWUs dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Pit at 3 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public. Dr. Robertson officially took the position as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities in February 2015 after teaching and serving as interim dean for two years at Bradley University, a private university in Illinois, in the College of Arts and Sciences. Co-director of the national anti-slavery organization, Historians Against Slavery, social justice is a priority for Robertson. She brings this passion to Central, where she works to create programs and organizations that will encourage students to combat modern slave trading.
Thorp Miller Dinner and Auction
Accomplished poet, professor and scholar Demetrice A. Worley, Ph.D., will be speaking at Central Washington University. Her speech, "Consigned to Oblivion: Murdered and Disappeared Women of Color and the Criminal Justice System," will take place on May 25 at 7 p.m. in Black Hall 151. Worley's academic experience has provided her with critical insight into social constructions of beauty, race and criminal justice. Her talk is free and open to the public. Worley's poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including "Women. Period." and "Africana Women's Poetic Self-Portrait." Her debut poetry book, "Tongues in My Mouth," contains an assortment of 43 poems. Worley utilizes powerful language in her poems, exploring themes related to present issues of racial and social justice. She has received several honors for her work as a writer and professor. Worley's appearance is part of the CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Series. This year's inaugural theme, "Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter," aims to educate Central's community and initiate discussions about race.